I-Team uncovers new details about crash involving former county prosecutor


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - New details about a crash involving a now former county prosecutor are being uncovered today.

Because of a judge's ruling, never before released audio recordings from that crash are now being released.

Grand Rapids officials today, following the judges ruling, released the recordings, which involve police officers.

Newschannel 3's investigative reporter Cody Combs has been listening to the recordings.

The recordings are essentially phone calls that happened shortly after a car crash back in 2016. That's when a Grand Rapids Police officers reported that the Assistant Kent County Prosecutor, now a former prosecutor, was hammered--suspecting he was intoxicated.

Media outlet M-Live sued the city of Grand Rapids to obtain the audio recordings after initially Grand Rapids declined to release them. The officers involved have been very much criticized for how they handled the crash. Again, the assistant prosecutor in Kent County, Josh Kuiper, has since resigned due to the controversy.

In a statement Wednesday, the Grand Rapids City Manager says he is outraged by the actions of the officers, and he noted, the three officers involved have been disciplined.

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